Species loss in the North and Baltic Seas

Conference on the loss of marine biodiversity is negotiating in Berlin

Mussels - threatened in the long term? US Fisheries
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Against a creeping loss of biodiversity in the North and Baltic Seas, the environmental organization Greenpeace has warned at a conference of the World Conservation Union (IUCN) in Berlin. Not only the cod is moving northwards, mussels are also threatening to disappear. In the past ten years, their density has steadily decreased.

According to an analysis of the latest studies by Greenpeace, this loss is triggered by several developments, including fisheries and the effects of climate change. The IUCN wants to take action this week from Wednesday to Friday against the loss of marine biodiversity. "The politicians must finally follow their words deeds, " says Iris Menn, marine expert at Greenpeace. "The decline in biodiversity can already be seen in all marine regions - even on our doorstep. We can not close our eyes to it anymore. "

Research has shown that warmer winters dramatically reduce the size of the young mussels and increase competition from immigrant species such as the Pacific oyster and slipper snail. And not only that: Young mussels are heavily fished. Mussels but are oases of biodiversity - 150 different organisms were found on them.

"Germany plays an important role at the moment through its EU and G8 presidencies and must advance the protection of the seas, " Menn says. Greenpeace calls on the EU to adopt a strong Marine Strategy Directive and designate vulnerable marine protected areas. From the G8 summit under German presidency in Heiligendamm in June, Greenpeace demands a convincing commitment to the fight against climate change in order to halt the loss of species.

Especially as the host of the United Nations Conference of Parties on Biodiversity (CBD), which will take place in Bonn in 2008, Germany has an obligation to launch effective measures against the loss of biodiversity. The UN summit aims to ensure that protected areas on the seas and in the last virgin forests are financed and that the trade in fish, wood or biomass from overexploitation is banned. "Germany can not escape this task, " said Menn, "it has already committed itself internationally to the protection of the oceans - this must now be implemented." Ad

(Greenpeace, 17.04.2007 - NPO)